Vision + Voice 2016

Vision+Voice 2016
The Austin ISD Office of Academics, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College, received hundreds of poetry submissions from AISD students of all ages for their Vision + Voice poetry contest. One winning poem was selected per grade level. You can check out the winning poems and honorable mentions here. Find out more about Vision + Voice

Highlights Sept. 18-24

KLRU Highlights

Take a fresh look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through dramatized monologues by the two women at its heart, the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson on Royal Wives At War at 7 pm Sunday.

Follow the cast and crew of Poldark on location in beautiful Cornwall on Poldark Revealed at 8 pm Sunday.

Aafrin saves his friend’s life, but gets a gruesome payback on Indian Summer season 2 part 2 at 9 pm Sunday.

Take an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war on POV Kingdom Of Shadows at 9 pm Monday.

Learn about the outspoken doctor and five-term governor who became a force in Democratic politics and the equally outspoken conservative columnist and commentator who both ran for president hell-bent on restoring the America they thought was lost on Contenders – 16 For ’16 Dean / Buchanan – The Flamethrowers at 7 pm Tuesday.

Join an American couple’s courageous mission in 1939 to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe on Defying The Nazis: The Sharps’ War at 8 pm Tuesday.

When disaster strikes, who profits? Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday investigates the Business of Disaster, focusing on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: the thousands still not home, the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions.

Mary Lynn Rajskub, comedian and actress,talks about her career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, Children of Giant at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.

Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson on American Masters at 9 pm Thursday.

Art In the 21st Century at 8 pm Friday focuses on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States. Featured artists speak directly to the audience in their own words, reflecting on their lives, sources of inspiration, and working processes.

Design your own mini-meadow habitat to invite winter-to-spring pollinators on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to the rocking R&B sounds of Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

American Graduate Champions celebrated at Austin Chamber of Commerce


A packed house at the Austin Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 12th honored four Austin-area American Graduate Champions. In addition, KLRU was able to preview PBS Spotlight Education Week and point attendees to the local American Graduate resources to help educators, parents, and youth. The following Champions were recognized:

See the video shorts of all four Champions

See KLRU’s list of over 200 local Champions

The event coincided with PBS Spotlight Education Week, a series of programs that highlight the current challenges and promises of education in America. Our four local Champions will be featured throughout the week on-air; in addition, Saturday at 1 pm marks the fifth annual American Graduate Day, a four-hour block of national programming with a particular focus of recruiting mentors to assist students on the road to high school graduation and beyond.  Following the broadcast, KLRU will premiere AISD Champions, a one-hour showcase of student-created films celebrating peers, teachers, coaches, and counselors who are making a difference in student lives.

Local support for Spotlight Education Week comes from Austin Community College. The national multi-year American Graduate initiative is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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2016 Texas Tribune Festival

Texas Tribune Festival 2016

The Texas Tribune Festival, returns on Sept. 23-25! Students and educators will get the chance to engage with some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy at the University of Texas at Austin campus.

The registration desk for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival is now open and are proud to announce the first 100+ confirmed speakers, with many more to come as we lead up to the Fest! Students and educators have a chance to register for the festival for $50.

Speakers at the 2016 Festival will include historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr., former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, along with more from around the state and across the nation. Join more than 150 exciting speakers at compelling panels, as discussions take on issues near and dear to Texas and the U.S. Check out the full list of speakers here.

And don’t miss out on the special Thursday night feast at Franklin Barbecue, featuring a conversation with Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and one of the subjects of Spotlight, the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Picture. An extra $250 ticket is required for the event, which includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer.

After the festival, stick around for Texas Tribune’s first-ever TribFeast, an evening gala following the Texas Tribune Festival’s full day of panels and programming on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who will talk about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the state of the 2016 election in conversation with Tribune Co-Founder and CEO Evan Smith will also be in attendance. Taking place at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the evening will also include remarks by Larry R. Faulkner, former president of The University of Texas at Austin and Houston Endowment.

Screening: Willie Velásquez: Your Vote is Your Voice 09/28

Willie Velasquez, former head of the Southwest Voter Registration Project, at a San Antonio warehouse for voting machines.(Express-News file photo by Marianne Thomas)

Join KLRU and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Sept. 28th for the Willie Velásquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice screening and discussion with filmmaker Hector Galán in attendance. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Meet the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry of “su voto es su voz” (your vote is your voice) started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.

Wednesday, September 28
Screening starts at 7 pm
Doors at 6:30 pm
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.)

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Arts In Context Season 7 Premiere Party 9/20


KLRU & the arts community invite you to join us for a night of music and art in East Austin as we premiere Arts In Context Season 7. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

The party takes place Tuesday, Sept. 20th, starting at 6 pm at Handsome (1000 East 6th Street). Enjoy tasty bites, cocktails, live music, a gallery inspired by the Season 7 featured arts groups and a video preview of the upcoming season.

We’ll have a musical performance by Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs plus sound selections by DJ Chorizo Funk.

Screening: Postcards From The Great Divide 9/21


Join us for a screening of Postcards From The Great Divide on Sept. 21st in KLRU’s Studio 6A. This online film series focuses on grassroots politics in America and is a digital partnership between the PBS Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Three Austin filmmakers created short documentaries for this project. Miguel Alvarez’s film explores the challenges of getting Latinos to vote in Texas. Heather Courtney’s film documents urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views. Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Paul Stekler’s film looks at what happens when $1 million of outside money is dropped into a local school board race in Colorado.

Please join us for a screening of four of the series’ short films. Filmmakers Miguel Alvarez (Texas – The Giant Still Sleeps), Heather Courtney (Minnesota – The Big Sort) and series Executive Producers Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Paul Stekler will screen their films followed by a Q & A.

Wednesday, September 21
Doors at 6:30pm | Screening & Discussion at 7pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A
Snacks & Drinks Will Be Provided.
Entrance is based upon capacity.

Hispanic Heritage Month on KLRU 2016


Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of our fellow neighbors in the United States with Hispanic heritage. To celebrate, KLRU will be broadcasting a variety of special programs starting September 22 through October 3.

The programming schedule for Hispanic Heritage Month is as follows:

Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. “Children of Giant” is a film by Hector Galan from Austin, Texas.

American Masters’ “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey”
Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 p.m.
AMERICAN MASTERS premieres “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey.” This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Austin Revealed “El Despertar”
Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Explore the struggle of the Chicano movement in the seventies as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture. Through first person interviews, hear how these individuals placed the goals of the community first and made a lasting impact through empowerment, sacrifices, accomplishments and failures.


Hispanic Heritage Awards 2016
Friday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m.
This special will celebrate the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program will include performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.


Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice
Monday, October 3 at 9:30 p.m.
Latino Public Broadcasting presents a film by Austinite Hector Galan on the life and efforts of Willie Velasquez. A Mexican-American butcher’s son, his political awakening came at a young age. Growing up in the Edgewood neighborhood in San Antonio’s Westside barrio, he wondered why the streets in his neighborhood always flooded and why the city did nothing about it. Why were there no Latinos in city government to represent them? Why didn’t Latinos have a voice? After years of street protests and marches as a Chicano activist, Willie Velasquez realized that the only true path to political empowerment was to register every eligible Latino in America to vote. This film documents his journey to accomplish this.


In addition, we will be featuring new episodes of Pati’s Mexican Table and Mexico—One Plate at a Time:

Pati’s Mexican Table
Saturdays at 1:00 pm starting September 10
This season, Pati sets out to explore the Maya world in the Yucatan Peninsula. Embarking on a road trip that will cross three stations, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Pati meets with local producers, growers and chefs in restaurants and their homes to learn about the unique cuisine of the region. From there, Pati brings her new experiences back to her own kitchen, where she gives viewers a one-on-one lesson on how to make all of these dishes their very own.

Mexico—One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless
Saturdays at 1:00 pm starting September 17
Returning this September, Rick Bayless brings his brilliant combination of travel and cooking back to our screens for another season of exploring Mexican culture in order to bring home the finest flavors and recipes. Explore the many wondrous foods of the Yucatan Peninsula and jump on board the always fun and constant mouthwatering journey as Rick Bayless cooks up classic Yucatan dishes.

KLRU’s Family Creative Learning Workshop Pilot

Father and daughter enjoying their Scratch Jr time together.

We held our first of four sessions Wednesday night (8/31) at one of our partner sites, The Thinkery Children’s Museum ( We had a beautiful classroom space to work in that allowed for a large table for group work, a smaller table for kids to decorate their Maker Hats, and an area on the floor with bean bags and LEGO for kids who needed a break.

The real magic came when we turned the iPads over to the parents (while kids decorated) and gave them a brief overview of how PBS Kids Scratch Jr. works. Their discoveries were palpable as they learned how to add and animate characters. And when the kids joined them, and they began to create together, there were moments where every pair were deeply engaged together, with big smiles on their faces. Comments included: “I never get 1-1 time with my child so this is really special.” “The father is normally the ‘fun parent’ but tonight I got to be ‘Fun Mom!'”

All the parents were excited to leave with a book to read with their child, information on how to download PBS Kids Scratch Jr. for their own devices and getting together again for the next session!

Highlights 11-17

Michael Gambon stars as Winston Churchill in this dramatization of Churchill’s  life-threatening stroke in 1953 on Churchill’s Secret On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Three years have passed since last season. Aafrin is secretly fighting for Indian independence from inside the civil service on Season 2 of Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Accompany two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college on POV All The Difference at 9 pm Monday.

Contenders: 16 for ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. In part one, see how being a straight talker in a presidential race had damaging consequences for Chisholm and McCain.

Examine reports of predatory behavior and fraud in the troubled for-profit college industry on Frontline Subprime Education at 8 pm Tuesday.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about race and cultural identity on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Follow students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state on An Eastside Education at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Craft in America at 9:30 pm Thursday visits America’s premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated.

Time For School: 2003-2016 at 8 pm Thursday visits seven classrooms in seven countries and offers a glimpse of seven children struggling to get a basic education.

Art In the 21st Century at 8 pm Friday focuses on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States. Featured artists speak directly to the audience in their own words, reflecting on their lives, sources of inspiration, and working processes.

Spruce up spring with fall-planted bulbs and meet a young family’s first garden with Asian tastes on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

American Graduate Day 2016 starting at 1 pm Saturday is alive broadcast dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves. After the national American Graduate Day programing, KLRU features AISD Champions at 5 pm. Student filmmakers from 11 AISD high schools tell the stories of the champions who have supported, challenged and encouraged them in their academic and personal journeys.